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Piers Morgan brings 'Fleet Street' to Starz
Starz and Lionsgate announced this week that they're developing a new drama series titled "Fleet Street," set in the world of '70s British tabloid journalism.
"Fleet Street" comes to Starz from TV personality and former tabloid kingpin Piers Morgan and writer Danny Brocklehurst ("Shameless"). The world is introduced through the eyes of an American journalist, naturally.
Piers Morgan provides this horribly long-winded explanation:
"Imagine an industry where every single opponent worked in the same street, competing with each other by day - drinking, brawling, fornicating, nightclubbing and cocaine-snorting with each other by night. A street full of the most ruthless and amoral people in the world existed, and it was called Fleet Street," he blurbs. "In the early '70s, it became the breeding ground for modern popular journalism, as foreign media tycoons stomped over the British establishment to re-define 'news,' suddenly exposing the rich, powerful and famous in spectacular front-page scoops. It was the dawn of the celebrity era, in all its gruesome detail - a revolution that changed pop culture, and the relationship between the press and politicians, royals, and stars. Fleet Street in the '70s was a hotbed of scoops, shagging, flairs and devastating world that was also unbelievably exciting. Danny Brocklehurst has brought Fleet Street to life in a way that I believe will grip audiences."
"Fleet Street" is being produced in association with Virgin Produced, Octagon Entertainment and Morgan's Ferret Productions.